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2019 Instructions
Zona got their hearts broken last yet again year, after losing in the World Series in ’17, they again amassed a 50+ win season for the top wild card spot (even though it was to have been a rebuild), but again losing in the first round of the playoffs. Now, with almost every pitcher either graduating or turning in a sub par season (except maybe Lugo), the staff was almost a complete rebuild. Heaney and Stripling did earn promotions to the majors. But Danny Murphy at a middle infielder spot as a “5” is going to be rugged. To win a playoff spot this year, we will need to use many relievers to maximize matchup options, and Murphy needs to play out of his mind as a “5”!   

Hitting
                                                                  Starting Line-ups


Lineup 1, vs. L

Lineup 2, vs. L

 

Lineup 4, vs. R

Lineup 5, vs. R

Lineup 6, vs. R

6

Simmons

6

Simmons

 

 

3

Votto

6

Simmons

6

Simmons

3

Votto

3

Votto

 

 

9

Parra

3

Votto

3

Votto

5

Villanueva

5

Villanueva

 

 

8

Yelich

8

Yelich

9

Haniger

8

Yelich

8

Yelich

 

 

4

Murphy

4

Murphy

8

Yelich

9

Haniger

9

Haniger

 

 

7

Schwarber

7

Parra (b)

7

Munoz

7

Munoz

4

Escobar

 

 

6

Simmons

9

Haniger

4

Murphy

4

Wong

7

Munoz

 

 

5

Escobar

5

Escobar

5

Escobar

2

Barnhart (a)

2

Barnhart (a)

 

 

2

Barnhart

2

Barnhart (c)

2

Zunino

All other lefty starters

Freeland, Happ

 

SWright, Pivetta, Marquez, Velasquez, Urena, Lorenzen, DeGrom, Teheran, Archer, Ross, Eflin, Arrieta, Perlata, Musgrove, LCastillo, Taillon, FPena, CMartinez

TWilliams, Senzatela, Lugo, Roark, Buehler, Morton, Verlander, Cole, Strasburg, Nova, Greinke, DRodriguez, Nola, Wheeler, Glasnow, Scherzer, Syndergaard, RLopez, McCullers, Porcello, Godley

Stripling, Buchholz
Richards, CAnderson, Hendricks, Hellickson, Gausman, Sanchez, Flaherty, Folty, Wacha, DHolland, Barria

 

Additional Notes on Lineups

Guidelines on Positions
We have only 13 position players this year, so we need to keep the early switches down to a low roar. There are no usage issues.

 

WHEN YOUR LEFTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME BEFORE THE 6TH
For righty relievers entering the game within the first 4 innings, no changes unless you have no other lefty relievers. If you have no other lefty relievers or in the 5th or later, Villanueva is thanked and excused, bringing in Escobar.  Murphy for Wong if we are losing or if we are in a big situation. If we are way ahead, leave Wong in.

WHEN YOUR RIGHTY STARTER EXITS THE GAME BEFORE THE 6TH
I’d like to get a bat into Villanueva’s hands, but not if you are just going to bring in a righty reliever again.  Wong for Murphy if I am ahead.

Double-Switching
I like this to minimize the number of pinch hitters I must use for the pitcher’s batting slot. OF is the best spot.

Defense Matrix – Only worry about C, 2B and LF. I’m ok with leaving Barnhart in at C, unless you get the tying run on board who can run, then get Zuny in there. Murphy is stuck at 2B when tied or losing, but Wong in whenever we are leading, as described in this paragraph below. Parra in LF with the lead. All other positions are pretty locked in. Re Wong and Parra, look to move to them with a lead of 3+ in the 7th, 2+ in the 8th, and any lead in the 9th. This strategy should include consideration of the player’s spot in the lineup favoring removal after a late AB.

MISCELLANEOUS

Pitcher hitting / Pinch hitting / Pinch running

 

Pitching

Starting Rotation
Pitching Rotation Road EASTLOOK HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Team

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

at UTP

Lugo

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

at STL

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

at LAN

Lugo

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

at CHI

Lugo

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

at AUG

Lugo

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

at AZL

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at VBS

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

Pitching rotation Road WESTLOOK HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Team

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

at BAG

Lugo

Williams

Buchholz

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at CDS

Heaney

Williams

Lugo

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at HAW

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

---

at LVB

Heaney

Williams

Stripling

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at PBC

Heaney

Williams

Lugo

---

at SBM

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

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at SCT

Lugo

Williams

Buchholz

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Pitching Rotation Home EAST


Team

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

UTP

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

STL

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

LAN

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

CHI

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

AGN

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

AZL

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VBS

Heaney

Williams

Buchholz

Stripling

Pitching rotation Home WEST


Team

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

BAG

Heaney

Stripling

Lugo

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CDS

Heaney

Stripling

Elias

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HAW

Heaney

Stripling

Lugo

---

LVB

Heaney

Stripling

Lugo

---

PBC

Heaney

Stripling

Lugo

---

SBM

Heaney

Stripling

Elias

---

SCT

Heaney

Williams

Stripling

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# Starts:  Williams (20); Stripling (20), Heaney (20), Buchholz (16), Lugo (12), Elias (2)

Starters Summary

Six-man rotation and 4 of them have innings limits, so we will need lots o’ pen help.  Thus, I made the late move to add Antonio Senzatela’s 90 innings to be sure about pen support. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PROMOTED SENZATELA AND DEMOTED HEREDIA.  All starters depart once in dots. Specific innings limitations are listed below.

Starting Pitcher Notes


Trever Williams 171 IP

He is our #1 starter and can go long with the exception of a Ry heavy lineup at SCT, BAG, UTP and CHI. Need to go batter by batter starting in the 7th at those places. You can also PH for him in those locations in the top of the 7th if I am losing or tied.

Clay Buchholz 98 IP

#2 starter with very strong card v lefties, but same advice as Williams above v Ry heavy lineups. 16 starts over 98 innings mean strict 6 inning max.   

Ross Stripling 122 IP

#3 starter and another decent card v Ly hitters and yet another card that must be watched v Ry hitters. 20 starts means strict 6 inning limit, and you can PH for him in the top of the 6th if I am losing or tied.

Andrew Heaney 180IP

#4 starter and “the lefty”. His 20 starts include only 7 road appearances all at the largest parks, but even so Heaney should be batter by batter from the 6th on looking to avoid Ry hitter who bashes lefties.

Seth Lugo 101 IP

#5 starter and swing man. 12 starts with a strict 5 inning limit (he is a 4-inning starter so he would be in dots anyway if you left him in the 6th). This leaves him at least 41 innings to relieve as a righty who does better against Ly hitters.

Roenis Elias 51 IP

Swing man lefty starts only twice and only at home so advice and usage comments are below under relievers

 

Bullpen

Even with two swing men (above), there will not be a series where both start, so I will always have 7 relievers (sometimes 8) which will hopefully provide many matchup options. Adding Senzatela gives me a total of 431 innings. I have pitchers for every occasion, but it will not always be possible to get the perfect matchup and that’s ok as long as you try with the first 3 hitters due up. As with Peb, it will be common to have 3-4 relievers in a game.

Closer

No single named closer this year, but instead it is by committee if I get to the 9th with a lead.  Not afraid to use more than one of these guys to try to preserve a lead. Victor Arano (59 IP) is tough on righties, but a little soft on lefties. Seth Lugo (when not already starting) is the best option against lefties. Jose Castillo (38 IP) is the lefty with the best closer-looking card. One inning max with him please..

Righty Set-up  

When hitting the 8th with a lead, use of two of the above named closers, one for each inning is an option based on your remaining 6 hitters strengths. Otherwise, look below at more specific situational relievers

Situational - Righty gets the Ry

These are the best options for first in reliever when my “better against lefties” starters come out: Craig Kimbrel (62 IP) is the closest to a setup guy, but not half the reliever he has been in the past and he has HR issues if you sub in too many lefties; Carl Edwards Jr. (52 IP) and Justin Anderson (55 IP) both minimize the hits, but have big walks issues. For Edwards it is better to go to him when there are already runners on since his hold rating is poor.

Situational - Righty gets the Ly

Antonio Senzatela (90 IP) is the long man slash mop slash 4L mid reliever.  Lugo is the other option to face lefties.

Lefties

Roenis Elias (41 available IP) is better against the Ry hitter, but should try to minimize ABs against lefties. Jose Castillo is more balanced and also definitely the better option against a Ly hitter

 

 

2018 PCL Awards:

2018 Champs: Hawaii Alii

2018 MVP Voting:

MVP: Giancarlo Stanton, SCT

Cy Young: Zach Greinke, HAW

2018 ALL STARS:

C: Buster Posey, STL

1b: Anthony Rizzo, LAN

2b: Daniel Murphy, AZL

SS: Zach Cozart, LVB

3b: Kris Bryant, CHI

OF: Giancarlo Stanton, SCT

OF: Charlie Blackmon, HAW

OF: JD. Martinez, AGN

Manager: Jim

GM: Jim

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